Typography Tuesday: Let it Breathe
Samantha Warren, Former Viget
Crowded vs. Breathing Room
Tips On Creating Websites With "Typography That Breathes:"
- Add some padding around your columns. Usually have 10 pixels of padding? Why not make it 20, or even 30? Experiment.
- Keep that line length (measure) at an optimal length. 45-75 characters is proven to be a nice digestible line length for columns.
- Add some line-height to that text. A good rule of thumb is the line height should be 20 percent of the font size (10pt font= 12pt leading)
- Always increase line-height when you increase the line length, and especially when you are using light text on a dark background.
Some Sites That Use White Space Well:
Check out this fantastic article on A List Apart for more on white space.